August 2017 Newsletter
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July 28, 2017
“Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 3:13b-14
Fair time is upon us. Projects are being completed, animals are being prepared, and practice is being done not solely for the sake of fun or information, but for ribbons. Whether it’s for making a quilt, the perfectly baked pie, or a well-bred cow, the goal is to win a blue ribbon. Sure, we say the journey is the most important thing when we lose, but the reason all the time and effort gets put in is because we want to win the prize!
What was the prize? It wasn’t a blue ribbon. It wasn’t a trophy. It wasn’t a scholarship. The prize toward which Paul tirelessly strained is found a couple verses before the ones found above. In Philippians 3:8-10 he says that he has suffered and endured pain and loss “in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him…that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead.”
Talk about a prize! All the awards, all the trophies, all the ribbons, all the accolades we might otherwise win in this life are fading glories. They get packed away, lost, and tossed in the trash. Even the ones we hold close and cherish our entire lives become worthless to us the moment we take our final breath. But the prize we have in Christ…that prize lasts forever. It doesn’t end at death, because the prize is a life free from death! Forever!
And the best part about this prize? It isn’t won based on our performance. Our skills, our talents…they mean nothing. It is a prize won and freely given to us by our Lord Jesus Christ. Yet it is a prize we strain to receive. So many things, both from the world outside and from within our own sinful hearts, try to trip us up and make us fall short. Sin and Satan strive to snatch away the prize that is ours. The victory is won, but we endure and persevere so that we might take hold of it.
Just as we don’t win the prize on our own, we aren’t left to our own strength to reach our destination. Our gracious God offers us strength in the form of his holy Word and Sacraments. He refreshes us in holy worship. He encourages us by surrounding us with fellow believers who serve as models to follow and sources of comfort and help in times of need.
As you push onward toward the goal and prize of eternal life and salvation, take heart and rejoice that your journey isn’t undertaken alone, and that your victory is already assured.
On June 4, 2017,
Griffin Kent Hansen and
Braxton Dean Hansen became children
of God by the washing of Holy Baptism.
They are the children of Jorgeon and Erica Hansen and Matthew Erdman
served as their sponsor.
Gloria Huling have transferred their
Ellinger who has joined our family of
God. Earl was a member of Trinity
ictures for the new Church Directory will be taken on September 15th and 16th. Krista Verdun and Lois Pulaski will be taking appointments.
join Jim and Pam Raymond as they
celebrate their 50th Wedding Anniversary with an open house on
Sunday, August 6th, from 4-7 PM at El Paso Golf Club,
From Our Parish Nurse Pam Norris
Blood Pressure check will be after worship on August 6.
For the food pantry, let’s collect personal items: this can include: shampoo, conditioner, body soap, shaving cream razors, deodorant.
Life never stays the same. There are several stages with unique challenges that make each one memorable. As new parents you added new responsibilities and a baby to your life while trying to establish yourselves as a couple. This new role means sharing your partner with someone else so make sure you talk to each other, have a date night, and share your struggles. Adjustment is easier when you know what challenges exist.
The next stage is the teen years and the bid for independence. This coincides with financial concerns such as maintaining a home, supporting the family, preparing for college, and possibly helping an elderly parent. Know that the caregiver role for your child is starting to end. To prepare your child for adulthood, teach him/her about the financial and personal responsibility and be open with your spouse about any conflicts you have about letting go.
Next is sending your child off to college, career, or marriage. You are no longer the parent/controller but a friend/advisor. If this is your last child it may mean reconnecting with your spouse since the previous years have been focused on your child(ren). You might also be adding the role of caregiver for a parent. Keep in mind as you struggle with your changing roles, your parent is also struggling with his/her loss of independence. Be patient, include your parent in decisions when possible, ask siblings and friends for help, and be honest about your feelings.
The last stage is retirement where some have a loss of identity because they no longer work while others find new beginnings. To make the transition successful, consciously look for things to do. Resurrect an old hobby or find a new one. Travel to visit family and spend time with your grandchildren. If you can’t travel, call them on the phone or use email, or FaceTime with them. Stay connected and interested and you will find a whole new world.
Newsletter Series ….
I am continuing to visit and interview members of our congregation and those interviews appear again in this newsletter. If you would rather not be interviewed, please tell me when I call you.
Thacker was born April 24, 1931 in
the town of
Bertsche was born August 15, 1944 at
Bertsche was born July 7, 1944 and
has been a member of our church since baptism in 1944.
She and Joe were married June 14, 1964 and have been married 53 years.
They have two children and five grandchildren.
Judy went three years to Confirmation on Saturdays and one year on
Fridays after school in
Poppe was born July 13, 1942 at
Fairbury. He and Joy were married
Mother’s Day, May 12, 1968 and will be married 50 years next year.
Loren went one year to Confirmation and
was confirmed with seven others at Immanuel Lutheran.
He has been a member here at